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McCready says ex-boyfriend punched her face

Country singer testifies during preliminary hearing
/ Source: The Associated Press

Mindy McCready told a judge her former boyfriend punched her in the face and choked her after saying she wasn’t going to make a fool out of him by seeing other men.

“He came at me, hit my head against the headboard a couple of times,” the country singer said before breaking down in tears. “He started punching me in the face.”

The testimony in Davidson County General Sessions court Thursday was part of a preliminary hearing for William McKnight, 38, who is charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary.

The couple had broken up about two weeks before the attack, which occurred Sunday at McCready’s home.

McCready, 28, who had bruises under her eyes, said McKnight was waiting for her after she had been out with friends.

At one point, she said he choked her so hard that she almost lost consciousness. McCready said she tried to flee but he caught her as she made her way down a flight of stairs.

A Nashville police detective testified that a doctor who treated McCready at the hospital told him she was choked severely and could have been killed.

McKnight’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Allegra Montgomery, said her client shouldn’t be charged with attempted criminal homicide because the attack didn’t rise to the level consistent with the charge.

Judge William Higgins disagreed and bound the case over to a grand jury.

McCready had a No. 1 hit in 1996 with “Guys Do It All the Time.”